Consumer Advocate will get class action-style powers, says Government –

Posted December 8th, 2009 in class actions, consumer protection, news by sally

“The Government has published the details of the powers it will award to a consumer champion to take class action-style lawsuits against companies on behalf of large numbers of consumers.”

Full story, 7th December 2009


NHS faces huge claim for damages – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2009 in assault, class actions, hospitals, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

“Lawyers are preparing a multi-million pound damages claim against the NHS for adults with learning difficulties who were abused while in care in Cornwall.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st July 2009


AB and others v Ministry of Defence – WLR Daily

Posted June 9th, 2009 in class actions, law reports, limitations, personal injuries by sally

AB and others v Ministry of Defence [2009] EWHC 1225 (QB); [2009] WLR (D) 174

“In relation to a group action the issue as to when a claimant had “knowledge” for the purposes of ss 12 and 14 of the Limitation Act 1980 was primarily one of fact The state of the claimant’s belief was to be considered, as also whether he thought it necessary to refer his belief to experts, medical or legal, or others. In relation to words used by a witness when being asked about his state of mind at a particular time in the past, his actions (or inactions) at the time about which he was being asked might require the words used or accepted in evidence to be viewed with circumspection.”

WLR Daily, 8th June 2009


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Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Posted April 14th, 2009 in civil procedure rules, class actions, competition, law reports by sally

Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc [2009] EWHC 741 (Ch); [2009] WLR (D) 136

“The court had no jurisdiction to make a representation order under CPR r 19.6 where the criteria for inclusion in the class depended on the outcome of the action itself.”

WLR Daily, 9th April 2009


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Delay in ‘toxic sofa’ payout – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2009 in class actions, defective goods, news, personal injuries by sally

“Hundreds of people who suffered burns and rashes from faulty leather sofas will have to wait longer to find out if they are to be paid compensation.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th March 2009


Lawyers finalising ‘sofa rash’ compensation bid – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2009 in class actions, defective goods, news, personal injuries by sally

“Lawyers were today finalising a compensation bid on behalf of more than 4,000 customers allegedly left with rashes and burns after buying faulty sofas.”

Full story

The Independent, 27th March 2009


Pensioners hire Cherie Blair to sue Sir Fred Goodwin and RBS – The Times

Posted March 16th, 2009 in banking, class actions, news, pensions by sally

“British pension funds are to sue Sir Fred Goodwin and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the American courts for hundreds of millions of pounds, The Times has learnt.”

Full story

The Times, 16th March 2009


Improving Access to Justice through Collective Actions – Civil Justice Council

Posted December 15th, 2008 in class actions, press releases by sally

“Civil Justice Council publishes final recommendations to improve access to justice for consumers and small businesses in collective claims.”

Full press release

Civil Justice Council, 12th December 2008


European Commission consults on class action lawsuits –

Posted November 28th, 2008 in class actions, EC law, news by sally

“Consumers across the European Union could be given new powers to join forces to sue a business under plans announced by the European Commission today. Class action lawsuits could be publicly funded under the proposals.”

Full story, 27th November 2008


Why ‘no win, no fee’ is bringing access to justice – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in class actions, costs, fees, news by sally

“The slow squeezing of life out of the legal aid system over the past decade and the impact it has had on money available to fund group claims led to multiparty specialists concluding that — with only rare exceptions — such claims were doomed.”

Full story

The Times, 6th November 2008


Class actions: will we adopt the American way? – The Times

Posted October 8th, 2008 in class actions, special report by sally

“The UK’s approach to class actions is set to change — but we are unlikely to see here the excesses of the US system.”

Full story

The Times, 8th October 2008


Justice review backs class actions in English courts –

Posted August 13th, 2008 in class actions, news by sally

“More class actions in English courts would benefit consumers, small businesses and employees, according to a new report by the advisory body charged with overseeing the modernisation of the civil justice system.”

Full story, 13th August 2008


CJC pushes for overhaul of UK class action system – The Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in class actions, news by sally

“Procedures governing group actions could be overhauled to improve access to justice, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has told The Lawyer.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 24th March 2008


US-style lawsuits to fuel compensation culture – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2007 in class actions, compensation, consumer protection, news, price fixing by sally

“Consumers will be entitled to automatic compensation payouts from retailers who fix high street prices under Government proposals to introduce US-style class-action lawsuits to Britain.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2007


UK class actions are on the way, survey says – The Times

Posted October 31st, 2007 in class actions, news by sally

“The UK has ‘the most fertile ground in Europe’ for a growth in class action lawsuits according to a new survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit.”

Full story

The Times, 30th October 2007


Equalities head calls for reform of tribunal system – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2007 in class actions, equality, human rights, news by sally

“Access to justice is a luxury for many victims of discrimination, the head of the new equalities watchdog warned last night.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th October 2007


UK firms poised to reap rewards of class action litigation upswing – Legal Week

Posted September 6th, 2007 in class actions, consumer protection, news by sally

“The UK legal community is united in the belief that US-style class action litigation is set to take off throughout Europe, with product liability cited as a key growth sector. Claire Ruckin reports on the results of the latest Big Question survey.”

Full story

Legal Week, 6th September 2007